Sunday, June 29, 2014

Windward getting close!

This has turned into my World Cup knitting as I watch the knock out rounds (no cables allowed!).

Last night I reached the end of the major middle section and now have the short end section to go. From over 200 stitches to 68 in two rows! That's nice.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tiny Sweater is Tiny

A PhD student that I supervise and his wife are having a baby in September. OF COURSE I will knit something for them. They have chosen not to find out the gender of the baby. I asked what colors I should knit something in and he replied: "Duck Colors?"

So here's a little top down cardigan, made with Lorna's Laces Team spirit. If I do say so myself, it is incredibly cute and tiny.

And OF COURSE it will have little duck buttons.

In other news, the colonoscopy went fine until I developed horrible nausea about 5pm yesterday that lasted til I fell asleep at 9pm. Today I feel OK, at least the nausea is gone. The nurse checking in on me suggested that I didn't get all my 'air out'. Live and learn.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


So I'm working across the top of this shawl, which does have a name--the Tri-Aran-Angle, which is not a great name but I do love this pattern. I took it into my Monday knitting group at work and everyone was very, very impressed. Of course, they are used to me only knitting socks.

I'm fasting today (colonoscopy tomorrow) so yeah. That.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

More Windward

 Windward is now starting to look like something, although I must admit I keep returning to the pictures on Ravelry to make sure I'm knitting the right thing. I guess once you jauntily loop it around yourself it starts to look less pointy. But I continue to enjoy this and it makes good intense television knitting.

We finished up "True Detective" last night and it is really good It is a nice break from other cable dramas which are bloody and gory. True Detective is more of a psychological thriller, which is scary and intense in its own unique ways. The last episode did get a bit icky but nothing most people can't handle.

Once it warms up a little today, we are off to the Willamette River for our first river trip of the season in our blow up kayak. We're just going to do a smaller stretch of the river that has a few rapids to get our 'feet wet' again for river paddling. Then home for the USA-Portugal match later this afternoon.

Late yesterday afternoon we did a five mile roller blade on our favorite bike path by the McKenzie river (and can note--how lucky am I to live with two rivers so close by!). It was a beautiful late afternoon, a prefect temperature.

How is your weekend?

Friday, June 20, 2014

That shawl!

I finished the main body--now I knit a cable band for the top to finish it off.

Pretty pleased with how this looks--and it is a pretty fast knit for cables and a shawl. Thumbs up!

I had fun working the info booth at the Black Sheep Gathering this morning, but it was NUTS! Seriously NUTS! Our main job was to sell tshirts and other BSG memorabilia--and this year there was a special tie-dye 40th anniversary shirt that went like hotcakes.

I made a few purchases:

The blues and the red are Bijou Basin (yak and wool) that will be mitts for me and a hat for Tim. The purple is an indy dyer that I haven't heard of previously but will find the name for the next post.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Some updates!

It is day three of summer break for me....and that initial "OMG I have to do ten gazillion things because I'm on break!" is still with me. So to combat that, I am keeping a little list of my 'accomplishments' for every day and trying to do a little bit of work to keep my research moving along each day. The goal: to get to the end of the summer, have a lot of research in the works, and then not feel like I goofed off the whole summer.

Here is the current status of Windward:
We've been watching "True Detective" and I tend to knit on this during that show--there are sections of either lots of knitting or lots of purling, nothing complex other than the very occasional k2tog, so this is a good project for a show as intense as 'TD". However, I do sometimes have to put it down and concentrate.

I've never been a big Noro fan, but this project and the other one I did recently have me a bit more positively disposed to Noro.

In other news: I'm still doing the video and today increased the weight on my hand weights a tiny bit to get a little tougher workout, especially in the upper body. I am also walking 2-3 miles in the morning so I feel good about the exercise I am getting (and it is just day 3!).

I heard this week that I need to find a new place to board the alpacas and am visiting a new farm next Tuesday. My friends Bil and Julia are getting out of the alpaca business and focusing more on other farm animals--I'm lucky that Brownie and Atom have had such a great home for so long.

This weekend is the Black Sheep Gathering--a pretty major fiber festival here in Eugene. My new potential boarding place person (Ann) is going to be there, and I will try to meet her although we'll both be busy volunteering: me at the Info Desk and Ann at the class desk. I'm looking forward to the BSG although lordy knows I don't need any yarn right now.

So that's my update!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Here is the first of a pair for Tim--Knit Pick something or over (I bought three balls for two socks, but only need one ball per sock, so he'll also get a stripey pair once I get the three pairs done from the balls I bought. Got that?).

Yesterday was our anniversary (19 years) and we're going out for dinner tonight. I received a juicer and Tim received a djembe. Can't say we're not keeping it interesting!

I'm really enjoying the World cup matches!

Monday, June 16, 2014

One more repeat

I've completed six out of seven repeats, and it keeps looking better!
This is *almost* the color, a nice royal purple.
To end, I'll knit the same boarder across the top, picking up the top stitches. IT will make sense once I start doing it. But yeah! Go me!

Today was graduation. Today always leaves me a bit melancholy, as I watch impossibly young and beautiful people head out for their wonderful futures. That part makes me happy, of course, but the passing of time gives me pause.

Remember that Talking Heads song--"This Must Be the Place"? The lyric:

"And you're standing here beside me.
I love the passage of time."

I loved that. But no longer. Sigh.

I'll be better tomorrow.

Are you watching the World Cup. Howzabout that USA team?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Windward ho

This pattern is very well written, with all kinds of helpful shortcut charts, but I really have no idea what I'm going to end up with!

Two views below:

Saturday, June 14, 2014

World Cup Knitting

I am more than five repeats in (out of seven), and this is now appropriate World Cup knitting.

There's an awful lot of stockinette in between the two cable panels, so it takes about three minutes do the cables and about 15 minutes to do the middle. And that middle time will only grow.

I moved it from straights to a circ because I had bent my circ out of shape from the weight. Oops.

Comet seems unimpressed.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Windward it is!

I started this, since I needed a mindless plus thing to knit:
Mindless plus because it isn't straight stockinette or garter, there's some fancy footwork (needlework?) that occurs here and there, and I love watching the colors evolve.

All my defenses are done and I'm pretty wiped out intellectually. Still have a meeting tomorrow and grad activities Sunday and Monday but I think a hard reset has already started.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

On hold

This yarn feels great, and I like the pattern, and it looks cool, but I'm just not 'feeling' these socks. So I'm moving it to waste yarn and on to something else.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Windward or Vortex

I have this yarn:

Noro Taiyo Lace, which is a cotton/silk/something lace weight (hence name).

More than 900 yards, as a matter of fact.

My choices are:

1. Windward or
2. Vortex

What do you think? I don't really have any vortex-shaped shawls. That alone suggests Windward might be the better choice.

Friday, June 06, 2014


Today was the last day of classes prior to summer break. Next week I have two honors defenses, a comps defense, and 17 brief portfolios to read on the way to finalizing grades. Plus a faculty meeting (ugh). But there will be an end.

This morning I made my summer 'work' list:

For some reason it was important to me to put it on a big piece of paper and not a little plan 8x11 thing. I really don't know why.  Most of these things I'm eager to do: some fun research projects, a couple kind of fun admin things for the Honors program, some books I'm looking forward to reading and some house clean up. 

The list made me think "I'm almost there! Hooray!"

And then I gathered up some things for summer knitting:

I've got several navy projects planned: the sweater called Thorntower, a navy blue lavold scarf and a blue cable scarf with the Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk yarn to replace the one a little dog chewed up. The multi yarn is for some figure 8 mitts, and the green and yellow is for a baby sweater (requested by the parents to be).  I have of course other stuff on the needles but these all make me happy.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

I tinked lace! I am a GODDESS

Of course, I realize it is impossible to see the laceyness, much less the tinking, but please take my word for it.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The wreath

I really haven't done much work on the flowers and leaves, but have done some. Here are two flowers. This one will take a while!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Busy week!

Last week was complicated...I never really knew what day it was and I had several student defenses. Next week is Week 10, the last week of class. I have seven defenses. Then finals week. Then graduation on Monday and then done. Yay!

A Friday afternoon meeting was cancelled, and since my brain has been so exhausted I decided to exhaust my body as well---and between Friday and Saturday I moved about 4 cubic yards of mulch over our front beds. It looks great (as opposed to weedy)....I also put down cardboard to kill the weeds and so now it is looking a bit house beautiful out there. Just a bit.

The main project this week has been the cable shawl. The top picture is where I am now. The bottom one was taken last weekend but is a better approximation of the color of the yarn.